WINSTON-SALEM, NC - The Winston-Salem State University Athletic Hall of Fame Committee has announced the 2014 inductees into the Clarence E. "Big House" Gaines Athletic Hall of Fame. Eight individuals and one team will take their place among the WSSU greats. The individual inductees and the team will be inducted in a ceremony on Friday, September 26th at the Benton Convention Center located in downtown Winston-Salem, N.C. and will be honored at halftime of the Winston-Salem State versus Elizabeth City State football game on Saturday, September 27th at Bowman Gray Stadium.
"To an athlete, being enshrined into your university's athletic hall of fame is reaching the mountaintop. There is no higher honor," WSSU Director of Athletics, Tonia Walker said. "On behalf of the entire WSSU Department of Athletics, congratulations to all inductees for reaching this milestone."
"We enshrine these individuals amongst the elite past and present hall of famers as we move to enhance the vision and growth of our future student-athletes," said Winston-Salem State University Clarence E. "Big House" Gaines Athletic Hall of Fame Chair, Robert Weeks. "Let this greatness not be forgotten by our hall of famers, faculty, staff, students and friends of this great university. We must remember our financial commitment and physical support of the Winston-Salem State University Clarence E. "Big House" Gaines Athletic Hall of Fame.
The 2014 Clarence E. "Big House" Gaines Hall of Fame Inductees:
Joseph Howard Daniels
Joseph Howard Daniels has been a longtime supporter of Winston-Salem State University athletics. Working along with Clarence E. "Big House" Gaines, he helped to recruit and assist numerous students and student-athletes to Winston-Salem State. He even used his personal vehicle to transport teams and student-athletes when the need arose. He even took the track & field students to The Penn Relays and to New York. He was also a staunch supporter as he never missed a Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) tournament. When the tournament was held in Greensboro, N.C., he also assisted in finding housing for persons to stay in Winston-Salem, N.C. Even when student-athletes arrived without housing, he "put them up" until they were cleared to register and met their financial obligations to the WSSU Business Office. For his efforts, he has a room named for him in Wilson Hall. He did all of this despite not being a graduate of Winston-Salem State.
He has served in numerous capacities during his career. He served as the director of housing, a university recruiter, and the Bickett Hall Dormitory Director at Winston-Salem State. He is a retired U.S. Air Force Sergeant and a retired U.S. Navy Commander (Reserve). He also served as the WSSU Homecoming Parade Marshall for many years.
Harden "Butch" Wheeler
Harden "Butch" Wheeler has been a strong supporter of Winston-Salem State University athletics for years. A Winston-Salem State University graduate, Wheeler has been a staunch supporter of Winston-Salem State University and WSSU athletics. He has provided support to WSSU athletics in a number of capacities, including providing financial support, advice to various department personnel, spearheading major events, donating food and even cooking when needed.
Harden and his wife Janet Wheeler, have established the Harden and Janet Wheeler Scholarship Fund which provides support to selected students from Forsyth County who attend WSSU.
In addition to his contributions to WSSU athletics Wheeler has been a pillar in the Winston-Salem, North Carolina community through his involvement in the Northwest Piedmont Service Corp Board of Directors, the Winston Lake Senior Golf Association, and Carver High School Alumni Association and was a past board member of Big Brothers-Big Sisters, the Children's Theater, and at First Baptist Church.
Wheeler is the owner of J-Wheels Auto and worked as a special education teacher in the Winston-Salem Forsyth County school system for 23 years. He also spent three years as a public safety officer in the Winston-Salem Police department. Wheeler has also spent time in the military with six years in the National Guard and five years in the U.S. Navy Reserve.
Donald M. Williams
Donald M. Williams will be inducted into the C.E. "Big House" Gaines Athletics Hall of Fame for his numerous contributions and years of service to WSSU athletics. He has been president of the WSSU-Atlanta Alumni Chapter (1990-92) as well as the WSSU National Alumni Liaison (1992-94). He also served on the WSSU National Alumni Board of Directors from 1990-92. He is also a founding member of the WSSU Corporate Partners Program (1993) and has been a long-time member of both the WSSU National Alumni Chapter as well as the WSSU Atlanta Alumni Chapter.
In addition to his service to Winston-Salem State, he has also served in the National Youth Sport Association, the West Forsyth Board of Directors and was a board member of the Central DeKalb Sports Association. He was also a founding member of the Atlanta Chapter of NCHBCU.
Williams is a 1970 graduate of Winston-Salem State where he was a member of the Physical Education Club and a member of Groove Phi Groove Social Fellowship. He is the owner and president of D.M. Williams & Associates from 1997-2013. He was also a R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Sales & Marketing Executive from 1975-1996. He also found time to serve as the WSSU Upward Bound Program Coordinator in 1974-75.
Heather Davis has been a valued member of the Winston-Salem State University softball program in every way possible and will be inducted into the Clarence E. "Big House" Gaines Athletic Hall of Fame for her efforts.
As a player, Davis was a team leader both on and off the field of play. She is a 2004 Summa Cum Laude graduate of Winston-Salem State University where she graduated fourth in her class with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management and graduated first in the School of Business & Economics. She was named the NCAA Woman of the Year for the State of North Carolina. She was also named to the CIAA Commissioner's All-Academic team.
On the field, she earned first team All-CIAA honors in all four years with the Lady Rams. She led the CIAA in shutouts as a senior and was second in strikeouts during her senior season. She was also named the WSSU Mary Garber Female Student-Athlete of the Year.
Following her graduation, she continued to be a supporter of the Lady Rams softball team and also volunteered as an assistant coach for over four years.
William Quintin Hayes
William Quintin Hayes was a dominant player on the Winston-Salem State University defensive line. Playing during the transition from NCAA Division II and the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) to NCAA Division I and the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC), Hayes stepped up his play to continue to lead the Rams. He finished his career with 117.0 total tackles, including 35.5 tackles for a loss and 15.0 sacks. During his senior season, he ranked second on the team with 78 total tackles and became an All-American. He also led the Football Championship Series (FCS) in touchdowns on four fumble recoveries.
Following his collegiate career, Hayes was drafted by the National Football League (NFL)'s Tennessee Titans in the fourth round of the 2008 NFL draft. He played three seasons with the team (2008-11). In 2012, he signed to play with the Saint Louis Rams, where he continues to play.
Off the field, he is a member of the Rams' All-Community team and purchases 20 tickets to each WSSU home football game and gives them to people who would not be able to afford to attend the game. He also hosts the Hayes D-Line Champion Community Paintball Tournament fundraiser.
Dr. Nikita Williams Lindsay
Dr. Nikita Williams Lindsay will enter the Clarence E. "Big House" Gaines Athletic Hall of Fame after a strong collegiate career. She was a four-year letter winner with the program and was Co-Captain of the Varsity Cheerleaders. She began her career with the junior varsity squad and finished her career with three years on the varsity team. She also earned All-CIAA honors as well. She was also impressive outside of cheerleading as she was named 1995 Miss WSSU, was a member of the Student Government Association (SGA). She was also a member of the Mozik Modeling Troupe and was president of the WSSU chapter of Zeta Psi Beta Sorority, Inc.
She capped her career in style, graduating from Winston-Salem State University as a Magna Cum Laude graduate in 1996. Following her career at WSSU, Lindsay continued her education at the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University and graduated in 2000. She has practiced medicine as a pediatrician for 13 years. She has also been active in the international community where she made a medical mission to Haiti and is a community activist within her Charlotte Graduate Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. She is also an active WSSU Alumni Cheerleader.
Claudette Weston has been a vital figure in the Winston-Salem, North Carolina community and has found time to also be a big supporter of Winston-Salem State University. She is the President and CEO of Weston & Associates, Inc., a local meeting and event management firm. Under her leadership, Weston & Weston & Associates, Inc. has grown to be a national authority in corporate and professional meeting/event management.
She has also found time to give back to her native Winston-Salem, North Carolina where she commits her personal time to being a leader in a number of organizations, including The Big House Gaines Unsung Hero Award and the Duke Energy Citizenship and Service Award. She is also a leader in several other organizations, including being a board member for ACTS of Forsyth County, Advocacy for the Poor, the Council on Anxiety Disorders, and others.
She is also a member of the Winston-Salem State Athletic Council and the Winston-Salem State Foundation Board. Ms. Weston has served as a staple to the WSSU 1967 National Division II Basketball Championship Team since the Big House Gaines era. Her financial support to the University has remained endless over the years.
Weston recently received the Winston-Salem Foundation Award for her volunteerism. This is one of the most coveted volunteer awards in the Triad.
Charles Arthur Love
Charles Arthur Love has been a strong supporter of Winston-Salem State University and the department of athletics for years. He has been a strong supporter in numerous ways, including serving as a member of the WSSU National Alumni Association as well as serving as a past president of the Charlotte Chapter of the WSSU Alumni Association. He has also served two terms on the WSSU Board of Visitors and the WSSU Foundation Board. He is also a member of the C.E. "Big House" Gaines Hall of Fame Committee. As a supporter, he is also a member of the 1000 HORN$ Campaign, the WSSU Helmet Campaign, and a past member of the Red & White and AMON Booster Clubs. He has also served as a member of the Advisory Board of the WSSU School of Education and Human Performance. He was also a member of the WSSU Class of 1966 Alumni 50th Reunion Steering Committee.
Love has completed an illustrious career as an educator and earned the title of Dean Emeritus in the School of Education at the University of South Carolina Upstate. He has spent 13 years at the University of South Carolina Upstate. During his career, he has also served as the Director of Student Information Management in the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction in 1986 and was the Chair of the Department of Education at Johnson C. Smith University for two years. He also served as the Director of Teacher Education at Grambling State University and Chair of the Department of Middle Grades Education at Albany State University.
He is a 1966 graduate of Winston-Salem State as an Elementary Education/Biology Graduate. He was also a 1965 initiate of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity.
1971 WSSU Football Team
The Rams' Winston-Salem State University 1971 football team will be inducted into the C.E. "Big House" Gaines Hall of Fame after finishing that season with a 6-4 overall record and a Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Southern Division championship. The team, coached by Cleo Wallace, ended a streak of six straight losing seasons by the Rams in just the second season for head coach Cleo Wallace. The 1971 Rams went on to compete against Elizabeth City in the CIAA championship game.